What marks out this microtrend are the use and preference for natural, humble materials, sparking a new aesthetic code that elevates imperfections and the “unfinished” to new expressive and decorative heights.
The roughness of surfaces, the choice of textures with a material look, deliberately irregular and “raw” finishes all put the accent on the most primitive element of design, referencing the archetypes of rural imagery.
Here the connection with nature fully embraces the colours, tactility and suggestive powers of the four primeval elements and in this sense experimentation extends to dreaming up innovative techniques.
The British designer Gavin Munro has come up with an ecological way to create incredible domestic furniture, leaving Mother Nature to “produce it”. His system consists of growing and shaping young trees using specially designed plastic moulds and, by grafting and pruning, giving shape to various furnishing objects made from a single “piece” of wood.